Stok­ing of divi­sion

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Sir, Scot­land’s pub­lic ser­vices are set to suf­fer to the tune of £1.7 bil­lion over the next five years, of­fi­cial fig­ures have con­firmed.

The gap­ing hole was re­vealed as it was con­firmed the SNP is on course to col­lect sig­nif­i­cantly less in tax rev­enues than it had an­tic­i­pated. The Scot­tish Fis­cal Com­mis­sion fore­cast also showed there is an im­me­di­ate £220 mil­lion gap to plug in this year’s bud­get in com­par­i­son to pro­jec­tions set out in Fe­bru­ary.

And GPD fig­ures have also been re­vised down. Scot­land’s eco­nomic growth is now not ex­pected to ex­ceed one per cent un­til 2024 at the ear­li­est.

The plum­met­ing per­for­mance of Scot­land’s econ­omy could mean even more tax rises, in­creased bor­row­ing and fur­ther cuts to pub­lic ser­vices to fill the gap. These dev­as­tat­ing statis­tics are the lat­est in­dict­ment of the sep­a­ratist’s eco­nomic neg­li­gence. It’s high time the SNP sorted this mess out in­stead of con­tin­u­ing their stok­ing of divi­sion and griev­ance with re­lent­less calls for a sec­ond in­de­pen­dence ref­er­en­dum.

Coun­cil­lor Alas­tair Red­man, Isle of Is­lay.

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